Rodman slams U.S. president for not connecting with North Korea

dennis-rodman-hands-upThe former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman took aim at U.S. president Barack Obama this week, criticizing him for refusing to speak with Kim Jong-Un about the ongoing issues with North Korea, Huffington Post reported.

Rodman became a sort of pseudo-diplomat when he first visited the Hermit Kingdom on a “basketball diplomacy” mission back in February while filming a documentary for HBO.

The former NBA player was photographed laughing with Kim courtside, and Rodman plans to go back in August. Rodman insisted at the end of his trip that the Supreme Leader is a “really awesome guy.”

After a brief lull in North Korea’s recent anti-U.S. rhetoric, tensions heightened again last week when it was revealed that North Korea had sentenced Korean-American Kenneth Bae to 15 years of hard labor for unspecified “hostile acts” against the state, the Associated Press reported.

“I’m calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him “Kim”, to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose,” Rodman said on his Twitter.

The U.S. has been relying on Swedish diplomats in Pyongyang to deal with the issue because North Korea and the U.S. haven’t had diplomatic relations since the 1953 ceasefire that ended the Korean War.

When TMZ this week caught up with the basketball legend known as “The Worm,” Rodman ripped into Obama for failing to speak with Kim. He said he plans to try to get Bae released during his August trip.

“I’m not a diplomat, man, I’m just trying to go over there,” he told TMZ. “But I’m going to do one thing for you. We got a black president can’t even go talk to him, how about that one? … I’ll put it like this, Obama can’t do s**t. I don’t know why he won’t do it. So do that bulls**t.”

In March, Rodman asked Obama to call Kim, reasoning that Kim told him he doesn’t really want to go to war with America.

The U.S. State Department had no involvement in Rodman’s visit, according to ABC News, and has no plans to debrief the former athlete.

Rodman told TMZ there is “no need” for the FBI or the CIA to debrief him because he doesn’t “do politics” and he considers Kim a friend.

Rodman played in 911 NBA games (573 started), averaging 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He also won 5 NBA championships (2 with Detroit Pistons, three with Chicago Bulls).

Rodman had his best rebounding season with the Detroit Pistons in 91-92, when he led the league in rebounds per game, with 18.7 rpg.

He was a two-time All-Star, and won the “Defensive Player of the Year” award twice, in 89-90 and 90-91. He led the NBA in rebounds per game 7 times.


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